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East Coast Is Shooketh From Surprise Morning Quake
What We Know About
the East Coast Earthquake
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What We Know About the East Coast Earthquake

Travel was snarled but no major damage or injuries have been reported after 4.8 quake

(Newser) - So far, there've been no reports of major injuries or damage as a result of the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that surprised the East Coast on Friday morning, with its epicenter near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. The AP reports that the temblor was felt by 42 million people, and...

New York Inmates Win the Right to Watch Eclipse

Department of Corrections says it will allow prisoners who sued to view the cosmic event

(Newser) - The inmates at a New York prison who sued for the right to watch Monday's solar eclipse will get to observe the historic event after all. Lawyers for the six inmates at Woodbourne Correctional Facility who filed a lawsuit on religious grounds now say the state's Department of...

Wife of Yankees Exec Killed When Tree Falls on Car

Cathy Tusiani was driving as storm lashed New York

(Newser) - The woman killed in New York Wednesday night amid an intense East Coast storm has been identified as Catherine Tusiani, the 50-year-old wife of a New York Yankees executive. She was driving on Route 128 in Armonk when a tree fell on her car, killing her. No one else was...

Niagara Falls Victim's Body Was Found 140 Miles Away

Vincent Stack's remains likely drifted for 16 months

(Newser) - Remains found on the shores of Lake Ontario 32 years ago have now been identified as those of a New York man who's believed to have gone over Niagara Falls. CBS News reports the "badly decomposed and mostly skeletal" remains were found some 140 miles from the falls...

Inmates in Prime Eclipse Path Sue for a Viewing

New York state prisoners say lockdown violates religious rights to witness the celestial event

(Newser) - Inmates in New York are suing the state corrections department over the decision to lock down prisons during next Monday's total solar eclipse. The suit filed Friday in federal court in upstate New York argues that the April 8 lockdown violates inmates' constitutional rights to practice their faiths by...

NYC's Biggest Girl Scout Troop Faces Backlash Over Migrants

Troop 6000 has embraced the city's newest residents, but not everyone is happy about it

(Newser) - Once a week in a midtown Manhattan hotel, dozens of Girl Scouts gather in a spare room made homey by string lights and children's drawings. They earn badges, go on field trips to the Statue of Liberty, and learn how to navigate the subway in a city most have...

Trump Causes a Ruckus With Biden Clip

Video reportedly shot on Long Island featured graphic on back of truck showing a hog-tied Biden

(Newser) - Donald Trump headed to Long Island on Thursday to attend the wake of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, who was shot Monday in Queens during a traffic stop. But it was a video of a pickup truck that he apparently spotted during his travels and shared online that's earning him...

NYC Subway Rider Is Fatally Pushed Onto Tracks

24-year-old suspect charged with murder

(Newser) - A New York City subway rider was pushed onto the tracks and killed by a train, reports the AP , the latest in a string of violent episodes in the city's transit system that have prompted officials to beef up policing in the subway system. The shoving victim, who hasn'...

Adulterers in NY Aren't Just Cheaters—They're Criminals

State legislature is looking to repeal 1907 law that made cheating on your spouse a misdemeanor

(Newser) - For more than a century, it's been a crime to cheat on your spouse in New York. But as the AP reports, adultery may soon be legal in the Empire State, thanks to a bill working its way through the Legislature that would finally repeal the seldom-used law that'...

Man Rails Against Seizure of His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert
Man Rails Against Seizure of
His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert
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Man Rails Against Seizure of His 750-Pound 'Son' Albert

Albert is an 11-foot-long gator, and New York DEC authorities say his owner was harboring him illegally

(Newser) - Hamburg, New York, is known for its ample snowfall , the Erie County Fair, and ... alligators? The Western New York town south of Buffalo picked up the latter honorary last week, when local authorities seized an 11-foot-long, 750-pound reptilian resident from a home there, where a man had apparently been keeping...

Residents Must Boil Water After Body Found in Reservoir
Body Was
in City's
Reservoir
About a Month
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Body Was in City's Reservoir About a Month

Discovery prompted a boil-water advisory in Rochester, New York

(Newser) - It turns out the body found in a reservoir that prompted a boil-water advisory in upstate New York had been there nearly a month, reports the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester. Authorities identified the body as that of a 29-year-old man who climbed a fence surrounding the reservoir in the...

No Charges in 'Deeply Upsetting' Subway Shooting

NYC prosecutors say man acted in self-defense when he grabbed another man's gun, fired

(Newser) - There won't be charges against a man who shot another on a New York City subway train. Although the Thursday shooting was "deeply upsetting," "evidence of self-defense precludes us from filing any criminal charges against the shooter," Oren Yaniv, a rep for the Brooklyn District...

Feds Find Goose Intestines Under Dead Rattlesnakes

Feds bust 6 for illegally importing gross stuff hidden under other gross stuff

(Newser) - Six people were arrested in New York on Tuesday on charges of illegally importing goose and duck intestines from China, in some cases by hiding them under packaged rattlesnakes or mislabeling them as pet grooming products on customs forms, federal officials announced. The scheme, which the AP reports also included...

National Guard Deployed to New York Subways

They'll patrol, check bags amid spate of violent incidents

(Newser) - New York's governor is deploying the National Guard to New York City's subways. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that 750 members of the state's National Guard will start patrolling stations amid a spate of violent crimes, reports the New York Times . They'll join an additional force...

Famous WWII Pic Once More a 'Political Lightning Rod'

Memo said Eisenstaedt's V-J Day pic 'The Kiss' would be pulled from VA venues; VA chief says no

(Newser) - The Veterans Affairs secretary has reversed a department memo that aimed to ban VA displays of the iconic "V-J Day in Times Square" photograph of a Navy sailor kissing a woman he didn't know on the streets of New York at the end of World War II. Secretary...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Smuggling of Rare Butterflies Doesn't End Well for NY Man

Long Island man who labeled rare insects as 'wall decorations' pleads guilty

(Newser) - A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking bird-wing butterflies and other rare insects, according to a plea deal filed in Brooklyn federal court. Charles Limmer, 75, of Commack, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife into the country and agreed to pay a $30,...

Arizona Prosecutor Refuses to Extradite Murder Suspect to NY

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell gets in a dig at Manhattan counterpart Alvin Bragg

(Newser) - Extraditing a murder suspect from one state to another is usually pretty standard. But in a strange case marred by politics, a district attorney in Arizona is refusing to cooperate with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as he aims to have a murder suspect moved to New York to face charges...

Man Who Kidnapped Girl, 9, Gets 47 Years to Life

She was found in his camper 2 days after she was kidnapped from NY campground

(Newser) - A man who kidnapped a 9-year-old girl from a campground in upstate New York pleaded guilty to two felonies Wednesday and will serve at least 47 years in prison. Craig Ross Jr., 46, was sentenced to 25 years to life for first-degree kidnapping and 22 years to life for predatory...

An Ex-President on Trial May Use Trump's Praise in Defense

Ex-Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández accused in drug conspiracy

(Newser) - Standing before Juan Orlando Hernández in December 2019, then-President Trump applauded the leader of Honduras for working "very closely" with the US to stop the flow of drugs "at a level that has never happened," per the Guardian . Indeed, both the Trump and Obama administrations considered...

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